Published Monday 2 October 2017

A property manager has been ordered to pay fines total ling more than £6,000 after illegally felling three trees.

A property manager has been ordered to pay fines totaling more than £6,000 after illegally felling three trees.

Tahir Iqbal was fined after felling three London Plane trees that were cut down without permission in Bray.

Iqbal, of Church Road, Bray, cut down the trees, which can reach heights of 30 metres, some time before August 4 2015.

The three trees, in the grounds of Fatimah House on Church Road, were subject to a group tree preservation order.

The 47-year-old appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 20 September and admitted one count of the unauthorised removal of the trees under section 211(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

He was told to pay a fine of £5,000 as well as the council’s legal costs of £1,440. He will also be required to plant trees to replace those cut down.

Cllr Derek Wilson, cabinet member for planning, said: “These trees were subject to protection orders because they were a crucial feature of the local environment.

"Property managers should know not to carry out illegal work to protected trees.

“Unfortunately in this case the defendant decided to carry out the work without permission. When this happens we are committed to bring prosecutions against offenders.”